Matthew Geller, Artist was commissioned by San Franscisco Redevelopment Authority for a project at the Hunter Point Shipyard development. Inspired by the WWII-era ship building structures in the bay, he created an assembly of components that consisted of a roof, three columns and a massive community swing suspended from three beams. The swing glides on four rods with universal joints with a sweeping view of the bay bridge in the distance. Metalab provided design optimization and construction management for this whimsical structure with structural engineering provided by Strandberg Engineers in California.
The structure was fabricated in Houston by Blumenthal Sheet Metal, hot dip galvanized and shipped to SF as a series of large assemblies to be erected in a few days on site. The waffle-grid roof is parametrically designed to minimize weight and material.
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Art matters. Attention to the details of our environment leads to love of place, which brings us to take responsibility for the spaces where we live and work. And by extension, the people with whom we live and work. And by extension, to our local communities, our cities, our nations, and our world.
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